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Ma meets premiers of four Taiwan diplomatic allies in Belize

2016/03/17 17:17:14

(Photo courtesy of the Presidential Office)

Belize, March 16 (CNA) Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) met in Belize Wednesday with government leaders of Belize and three of Taiwan's diplomatic allies in the Caribbean, all of whom expressed hope that Ma's successor will continue to push bilateral relations with their countries.

Ma arrived in Belize earlier that day on the second stop of his last overseas trip before leaving office in May, and met with Belizean Prime Minister Dean Barrow.

During the meeting, Ma invited Barrow to attend President-elect Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) inauguration May 20, when Ma will conclude his maximum two-term tenure as president. Tsai was elected in January.

In response, Barrow expressed hope that Ma's successor will continue to enhance relations with Belize based on the existing foundation and that the two countries will carry out more exchanges.

Ma and Barrow later held a round-table meeting with Saint Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Timothy Harris, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, and Saint Lucia Prime Minister Kenny Anthony.

Gonsalves voiced hope that the prosperous relations between Taiwan and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines will continue. He also praised Ma for helping improve people's livelihoods in the two countries, adding his hope that Tsai will continue to push bilateral ties forward.

Harris also lauded the solid and sustainable relations between Taiwan and his country.

Earlier that day, Ma attended a luncheon held in his honor by Belizean Governor-General Sir Colville Young.

Ma expressed gratitude for Belize's staunch support for Taiwan's bid to participate in international organizations.

After concluding his visit to Belize on Thursday, Ma will return home, making a transit stop in Los Angeles and arriving in Taiwan on Saturday. (Hsieh Chia-chen and Evelyn Kao)